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Microsoft CEO lays out vision of cloud convergence

Kenneth Corbin | July 18, 2014
Addressing some 15,000 partners at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Satya Nadella said he aims to bring the company past its software roots and establish dominance in a cloud and mobile world where lines between work and personal computing continue to disappear.

Some five months into the chief executive job, Nadella circulated an all-hands memo telling employees that, "in order to accelerate our innovation, we must rediscover our soul our unique core." Nadella added: "I consider the job before us to be bolder and more ambitious than anything we have ever done."

In his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote, Nadella made a similar appeal to attendees, pledging that Microsoft understands that the dramatic redefinition of the 39-year-old company as the world's indispensable cloud platform "will only happen if we're successful at renewing our culture."

"That's the hardest part, really," he adds. "The technology stuff is the simpler thing."


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